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Postseason awards handed out

By: Nick McGill ~Sports Editor~

The Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association (OCSA) honored Xavier men’s soccer head coach Andy Fleming as the Coach of the Year.
Fleming joined four Xavier student-athletes to be recognized with postseason honors.

The OCSA compiles All-Ohio teams consisting of the best athletes among represented soccer programs in the state.

Senior goalkeeper Eric Osswald, senior midfielder Will Walker and freshman Cory Brown were selected to the All-Ohio first team, and senior midfielder Garrett Halfhill was voted to the second team.

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Head Coach Andy Fleming (above) embraces senior Matt Hill on senior night.

Fleming led his team to its best season in school history after reaching the Sweet 16 of the postseason tournament and posted an impressive 8-1-1 home record while finishing 13th in the final national rankings.

These awards come following the announcement of the Big East conference awards.

Five players were selected to postseason all-conference teams, and Osswald was voted Big East Goalkeeper of the Year.

Voters honored Fleming and his coaching staff as the best coaching staff in the conference.

These awards and recognitions cap off a season filled with many triumphs.
Moving forward, the Xavier soccer program looks to use this success as a launching pad to consistent prominence in the coming seasons.

One standout looks to continue his soccer career in the MLS professional league and join other Musketeers playing professionally.

Osswald was one of 72 players invited to participate at the 2015 MLS Player Combine, which takes place Jan. 9-15.

The end of the combine is marked by the MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 15 in Philadelphia.

Osswald is hopeful that his name will be called and he will become the third Musketeer in as many years to get drafted into the MLS.

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